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Why the Supreme Court’s vaccine decision is bad for restaurants

Reality Check: Sure, complying with Biden's mandate would have cost time, money and aggravation. But might the alternative be even worse?

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Everyone wants to go to China

Big brands like Papa Johns and Tim Hortons continue to focus their development efforts on the fast-growing economy. But succeeding there is not so easy.

The Bottom Line: At a time when prices are taking off, the Mexican fast-food chain is pushing value hoping to resonate with customers by “zigging when everybody is zagging.”

The Texas-based better-burger fast casual used the pandemic’s challenges to become leaner and stronger. Then it decided to buy a competitor and it might scoop up more.

Fox thought he would end his career at Burger King until he was laid off nearly 20 years ago. He has since helmed Firehouse Subs to a $1 billion valuation, paid by his former employer’s parent company.

With flexibility the focus, organizers are optimistic that this annual promotion will bring people back to dining rooms despite the ongoing pandemic.

Nearly every big full-service chain is embracing ghost kitchens, virtual brands and other off-premise channels. Even some historic holdouts have shown signs of cracking.

Health and permitting infractions have dogged the fast-growing ghost kitchen company, which says it’s working to improve the problems.

The Bottom Line: Higher rates will increase companies’ borrowing costs, though they will remain historically low. How long it takes to get inflation under control is anybody’s guess.

Drinkers who overindulged during the holidays and the growing ranks of sober-curious consumers are gravitating toward alcohol-free cocktails this month.

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